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A glass house as a metaphor for the risk of assisting your client with their Corporate Transparency Act fulfillment obligations

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Corporate Transparency Act Risks for Solo & Small Firm Attorneys - A Risk Manager’s Perspective

I’m sure this will come as no surprise; but as a risk manager with a law degree who works for a malpractice insurance company, I’m not one who embraces significant risk. I also believe it isn’t my place to tell any attorney what to do when it comes...

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A lawyer who has just opened their own law firm

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The Basics of Starting Your Own Law Firm

My old boss was fond of the saying, “Hanging a solo shingle right out of law school is almost per se malpractice.” Although it may not be that...

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Lawyer relaxing at desk

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Why You Never Want to Set the Comfort Trap

My experience consulting over the years with thousands of attorneys who practice in firms of all shapes and sizes across the U.S. has taught me that...

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very sleepy lawyer who wasn't prioritizing their health has fallen asleep at their desk

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Lawyers: Sleep is the Key to Staying Mentally Sharp

Research has shown that lawyers are among the most sleep-deprived professionals. Most adults need seven or eight hours of sleep each night, at a...

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Lawyer greeting a new client.

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How to Build and Maintain Effective Attorney-Client Relationships

A number of years ago I had an interesting conversation with a lawyer who had missed a statute of limitations filing deadline on a significant...

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Women in the legal profession need their male allies to speak up and address sexual harassment

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Where Are Our Male Allies?  Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession

“As men, it’s hard to imagine what it’s like to be the recipient of these behaviors,” said one participant in Women Lawyers On Guard’s (WLG) pilot...

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Lawyer realizing her firm is failing

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5 Reasons Solo Firms Fail

While law firms of all shapes and sizes can fail for any number of reasons, in my experience as a risk manager, there are a few reasons that solo law...

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Why You Should Never Minimize the Significance of Client Driven Indemnity Provisions

I continue to get the occasional call from a lawyer wanting to know my thoughts about a new business opportunity. It’s a call that often starts out...

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3 Examples of Legal Malpractice Causes and Suggested Safeguards

We at ALPS have talked for many years about safeguards to implement to protect your firm (and your clients!) from a potential disaster. Although...

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